Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"He brought it. He fought it. He lost it."

Ken Dryden picks up on the motif Michael Ignatieff's been weaving of late, that the in-and-out election scheme run by the Conservatives in the 2006 federal election speaks directly to the character of Mr. Harper:
Beyond all this is a far larger problem for the Conservatives – Stephen Harper. Besides his repeated comments about the courts and judiciary, and his oft-demonstrated attitude of "I want to do what I want to do, and I'm going to do it," it is his 2000 court case, Harper v. Canada, the leading case in the field, that ended up in the Supreme Court of Canada.

He brought it. He fought it. He lost it. He knows the issue of spending limits backward and forward. He knows what the Supreme Court said. He knows the law, its intention, its spirit, everything about it. Yet, in the election of 2006, he did what he did.

It will be up to Elections Canada and the courts to decide what they think about his actions. Then, in an election, it will be up to Canadians to decide for themselves. (emphasis added)
Dryden seems particularly good at crystallizing the message in respect of the many Conservative scandals in the pipeline. And zeroing in on the defects in the Conservative moral compass. If Mr. Dion is supposedly not a leader, then let's by all means judge what kind of leader presently sits in the PM's chair.

Well said.